Film Review by Scotty McKellar | 21 Apr 2010
  • Phobia
Film title: Phobia
Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, Youngyooth Thongkonthun, Paween Purikitpanya
Starring: Laila Boonyasak, Maneerat Kham-Uan, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk
Release date: May 10 2010
Certificate: 18

What is it with ghosts these days? At least Beetlejuice kept his sense of humour. The traditional portmanteau chiller is resurrected and given an Asian twist by four of Thailand's masters of the macabre, who serve up four ghostly tales of spooky miseries intent on ruining everyone's day. Three hits and one miss isn't a bad ratio and despite some overly kinetic direction and occasionally dodgy CGI, horror fans are in good hands. Best of the four stories are Happiness, about a lonely disabled woman who starts to receive romantic texts from an unlisted number in the middle of the night; and Last Flight, where an adulterous trolly-dolly gets more than she bargained for in a deadly tale of revenge at 40,000 feet. Far from being an exercise in nostalgia, Phobia's directors make the effort to tell all-new stories set firmly in the modern world and it really pays off. This is horror for the next generation of fans. [Scotty McKellar]